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Poll protest vs neophyte Negros Occidental town mayor dismissed

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Irene Montilla defeated Joselito Malabor in the 2019 mayoral election in Isabela, Negros Occidental, by just 48 votes

UPHELD. Mayor Irene Montilla of Isabela town, Negros Occidental, scores a win after the election protest filed against her by her predecessor is dismissed on October 10, 2019. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental town mayor focuses on peace and order, not tourism

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Moises Padilla town Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo wants 'to make sure that peace and order is already felt by the people themselves'

Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo (right) meets with some of the residents in an upland barangay in her municipality recently./Marchel Espina Photo

Swine shipment from Negros Occidental to Cebu gets green light

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Cebu province eases restrictions on backyard-raised hogs coming from the Visayas

250 live pigs from Negros Occidental barred from entering Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Cebu provincial authorities say they are only allowing the entry of livestock raised in commercial farms in the Visayas and Mindanao. The Negros Occidental shipment were backyard swines.

BANNED. Some of the live pigs from backyard raisers displayed at the Livestock Auction Market in Kabankalan City, Negros. Photo courtesy of Provincial Veterinary Office

Lightning strike kills farmer, injures 3 in Negros Occidental town

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The 42-year-old farmer and his 3 companions were seeking refuge from a heavy downpour when the incident happened, say local officials

WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES. A farmer was killed after being struck my lightning in Moises Padilla town in Negros Occidental on September 11, 2019. Image from Shutterstock

Negros Occidental orders temporary ban of pork imports from Luzon

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The province says, because it is the country's top producer of backyard swine, it has enough supply of, pork for their consumption

SAFE. Members of the African Swine Fever Task Force in Negros Occidental led by Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena eat lechon on Tuesday, September 10, to assure the public that locally-produced pork is safe to consume. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

5 tons of illegally imported pork products seized in Bacolod port

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Negros Occidental forms Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force to keep the province free from the virus

CONFISCATED. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson checks the illegally imported pork products that were seized on Wednesday, September 11, at the BREDCO port in Bacolod City. Photo courtesy of Provincial Capitol

Negros Trade Fair set to return for 34th year

Sep 11, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The long-running trade fair is once again putting the spotlight on Ilonggo culture

NEGROS TRADE FAIR. The upcoming event showcases the island's best products. Photos courtesy of Negros Trade Fair

[OPINION] Ang magsasaka: Salamin ng kasipagan – at ng kahirapan

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Kung tatamad-tamad ka raw ay baka mahuli at maghirap ka. Paano naman ang ating mga magsasaka?

Murder convict out on good conduct voluntarily surrenders in Cebu

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Jesus Ranoco Negro Jr, who had served 30 years before his release in 2018, is the first convict to surrender in Cebu since President Duterte issued a 15-day deadline

SURRENDER. Jesus Ranoco Negro, a murder convict released on good conduct credits, voluntarily surrenders in Cebu. Photo courtesy of Philippine National Police Regional Office 7

BP Valenzuela, BLKD + Calix, more artists to perform in gig for victims of Negros killings

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Discussions will be held between performances, to help raise awareness among the youth

SA NGALAN NG TUBO. The event brings together local artists who are playing for the benefit of the victims of the Negros killings. Photo from the event's Facebook page

MAP Negros killings since July 2016

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Many reports say that the methods of killings usually involve gunmen barging into homes, riding-in-tandem shooting at close range, and masked men trailing people

Central Visayas police chief wants 2,000 more cops for Negros Oriental

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Brigadier General Debold Sinas tells a Senate panel that he first made this suggestion to Malacañang when he was asked for proposals to stem the killings in the province

MORE POLICE. Brigadier General Debold Sinas asks for additional Philippine National Police personnel to be assigned in Negros Oriental after a spate of killings in the province. Rappler file photo

Dela Rosa, Hontiveros demand 'serious' probe into Negros vigilante group

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says the death of 5 of the 15 people in vigilante group Kagubak's hit list 'confirms that the hit list is real'

PROBE CALLED. Senator Ronald dela Rosa is alarmed about a kill list allegedly used by an alleged anti-communist group. File photo by Angie De Silva

Negros Oriental bloodshed: State-sponsored or insurgency-related?

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The 4 Catholic bishops in Negros Island have ordered all parishes to toll the church bells at 8 every evening, until the killings stop

Senate hearing on Negros killings

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:02 AM

In a span of 10 days in July, the island saw 21 people dead at the hands of gunmen. Watch the start of the Senate probe live on Rappler on August 26.

TIMELINE: Killings in Negros

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:51 PM

In just 10 days in the month of July, 21 people are killed in Negros. Police have yet to determine motives for the killings.

STOP THE KILLINGS. A human chain and candlelight protest is staged by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Poll protest vs Negros Occidental mayor dismissed

Aug 24, 2019 - 5:07 PM

The Bacolod City Regional Trial Court Branch 49 junks the electoral protest filed by former mayor Magdaleno Peña against his niece, Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo

LOCAL CHIEF. Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia Yulo holds a dialogue with the residents of far-flung Barangay Quintin Remo on August 19, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina

4 of 11 Negros Oriental killings ‘solved’ – Albayalde

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:03 PM

A special task force is being formed to monitor the investigation of other killings in Negros Oriental

KILLINGS. Lawyer Anthony Trinidad is among dozens killed in Negros Oriental in July. Photo from Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office

Methodist Church: Militarization has turned Negros into 'howling wilderness'

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:56 PM

'The deployment of additional troops complicated the already worsening human rights situation in the areas,' says the United Methodist Church

Human chain and candlelight protest was stages by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. Human rights groups in UP Diliman Quezon City set up human chain and lit candles. The groups then marched to the UP Sunken Garden and plant the crosses and lit candles to symbolizing the massacre of victims of violence According to Ralph Baguinon, spokesperson for the UP Rises Against Tyranny and Dictatorship, the killing spree is being carried out by some elements of the military and police over government opponents He said the administration should address its violence and inability to implement real land reform for farmers. August 20 will be a "day of mourning and solidarity" for the victims of the Negros province massacre. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Woman gunned down near Bacolod police station

Aug 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

This is the 3rd killing in Negros Occidental in 3 days

CRIME SCENE. A woman is shot to death along Magsaysay Avenue in Bacolod City, just a few meters from the city police station, on August 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of John Patrick Amacio

James Younghusband joins Ceres in PFL return

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Months after his Davao-based squad folded, James Younghusband heads back to action to reinforce Ceres' bid for a third straight PFL title

VETERAN PRESENCE. James Younghusband aims to impress for two-time PFL champion Ceres-Negros FC. Photo from Ceres Media

Christian churches fear more PNP, AFP in Negros may mean more deaths

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines says that rights of the citizens to speak and organize should be respected, amid rampant red-tagging of human rights organizations

NCCP. Image from the About Us page of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines at https://nccphilippines.org/about-us/

Duterte to 'fill up' Negros Island with military troops

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'I will never declare martial law, except in Mindanao because it is really needed there, because of rebellion,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he ruled out a martial law declaration in Negros Island

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 40th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte rules out martial law in Negros, for now

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'Martial law will only be enforced in accordance with the Constitution,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Church and rights groups join the families of the victims of the killings in Negros Island in an indignation rally conducted to condemn the recent spate of killings in the region on July 27 in Quezon City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Peace and order in Negros 'remains normal' – Albayalde

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Top cop General Oscar Albayalde says the police are 'doing everything' to keep President Rodrigo Duterte from using emergency powers to address the spate of killings in Negros Island

BULLET HOLES. The car of lawyer Anthony Trinidad is riddled with bullet holes after they were attacked in Guihulngan City on July 23. Photo courtesy of the Negros Oriental Police Office

Only 3 cases filed so far vs suspects in Negros Oriental shootings

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Murder charges have been filed in 3 of 11 cases currently being handled by Central Visayas' police office

BULLET HOLES. Car of lawyer Anthony Trinidad is riddled with bullet holes after they were attacked in Guihulngan City on July 23. Photo Courtesy of the Negros Oriental Police Office

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Itigil ang martial law-style na patayan sa Negros

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Duterte lit the match and continues to pour gasoline on the conflict in Negros

Rappler's Bacolod correspondent tailed by 'suspicious' man

Aug 04, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The man, who was aboard a motorcycle, followed journalist Marchel Espina for almost 18 kilometers

Robredo questions martial law as solution to Negros killings

Aug 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo urges authorities to find the suspects behind the killings in Negros Oriental instead

ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at a forum in March 2017. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Negros island killings have 'very low' chance of spilling over to Zamboanga del Norte – army

Aug 04, 2019 - 1:14 PM

While army intelligence 'said the chances are very low,' according to Lt. Colonel Rufino de Leon, it is still possible for the NPA to create diversionary attacks'

RUFINO DE LEON. Lt Colonel Rufino de Leon, commander of the 97th Infantry Battalion covering Zamboanga del Norte and incoming commander of 5th Cadre Batallion based in Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Groups seek unity, action to help end killings in Negros Island

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Human rights advocates and progressive groups stress the importance of standing in solidarity with victims of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations in Negros Island

LIGHT. The forum at the University of the Philippines Asian Center ends with a candle-lighting ceremony commemorating the victims of the killings in Negros Island on Thursday, August 1. Photo by Pat Echano/Rappler

Monitoring Negros: What rulings say about NPA and martial law

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Justice Benjamin Caguioa once warned that if the NPA conflict is upheld as basis to declare martial law, the Philippines may be trapped in a perpetual state of miitary rule

PNP sees no need for martial law in Negros: 'It's under control'

Aug 02, 2019 - 4:23 PM

The Philippine National Police says all its units in Negros Island 'remain on full alert and vigilant to thwart and prevent occurrence of crimes and killings'

'UNDER CONTROL.' PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame on Monday, July 29, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Kin of slain lawyer in Negros Oriental condemns red-tagging

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:12 PM

'Anthony or any member of our family is not a communist sympathizer as portrayed by the people who want to harm and kill us,' says the lawyer's sister Andrea Trinidad

Amid Negros killings, Duterte warns of doing ‘something drastic’

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will have guns issued to fire fighters so they can help in maintaining peace and order

NEGROS VIOLENCE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 'Araw ng Pasasalamat' for the overseas Filipino workers at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang photo

Armed men who ‘observed’ killing of cops in Negros Oriental arrested in Cebu

Aug 01, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Police officials say the suspects arrested were present when 4 police officers were executed by alleged communist rebels in Ayungon town Negros Oriental

ARMED. Three armed men are arrested by Cebu police in Badian town. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office-7

Duterte 'can declare martial law' in Negros to stop violence, says Panelo

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte would 'certainly' make the declaration if recommended by security officials, but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says there is no need for it at this time

NEGROS KILLINGS. Church and rights groups join the families of the victims of the killings in Negros Island in an indignation rally on July 27, 2019, in Quezon City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Duterte to use emergency powers to stop Negros violence

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte raises the reward money for the capture of killers of 4 policemen and vows to 'replicate the atrocious acts' allegedly perpetrated by communist rebels

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pays his last respects to one of the slain police officers as he visits the wake at Camp Lt. Col. Francisco C. Fernandez Jr. in Sibulan, Negros Oriental on July 20, 2019. During his visit, the President honors the four police officers who were killed in an ambush by suspected communist rebels last July 18. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Negros Oriental police chief sacked amid back-to-back killings

Jul 31, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Just between July 18 to 26, a total of 15 persons, including 4 policemen and a school principal, were killed in separate shooting incidents

2 suspects in Negros Oriental police slaying arrested

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The two are arrested at a checkpoint in Ayungon town as part of a weeklong joint operation by the police and military

JOINT OPERATIONS. Brigadier General Debold Sinas (left), Central Visayas' police director tells reporters, says 4 suspected members of the New People's Army were arrested after an 8-day joint police and military operation.  Photo by Rappler/Ryan Macasero

Death comes unprovoked upon Negros Island

Jul 30, 2019 - 8:20 AM

Masked men wearing 'police' shirts killed her husband two days after Christmas last year. ‘It was nothing to them. It was like killing a pig or a stray dog,’ Cedine Isugan says.

INDIGNATION. Church and rights groups join the families of the victims of Negros Island killings at a rally in Quezon City on July 27, 2019. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Central Visayas police identify 3 motives in killing of Negros Oriental lawyer

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Amid the rising number of killings on Negros Island, Central Visayas' police director asks investigators to refrain from linking all killings to the communist front

MOTIVE. Central Visayas police believe the killing of lawyer Anthony Trinidad could be related to a land dispute, a revenge killing, or linked to cases involving alleged communist-linked personalities. Photo of Negros Oriental Provincial Police

Councilor, ex-mayor, 3 others killed in Negros Oriental

Jul 27, 2019 - 4:06 PM

All of the victims were killed inside their homes, say police. The latest killings bring the number of fatalities in the province to 20 since July 18.

NPA did not torture slain Negros Oriental cops – NDF

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:33 PM

In a statement on the NDF website, the communist rebels say the ambush is 'a legitimate act of war'

TORTURED?  Police probers investigate the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental on Friday, July 19./Contributed Photo

15 shot dead in Negros Oriental in 1 week

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:41 PM

July 25 was the bloodiest with 7 kills in a single day

Duterte orders probe into murder of lawyer in Negros Oriental

Jul 26, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Malacañang condemns the killing of lawyer Anthony Trinidad

School principal, 2 others killed in Negros Oriental home invasions

Jul 25, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Arthur Bayawa and Ardale Bayawa are shot and killed in their sleep, while Romeo Alipan is killed 45 minutes later in two separate home invasions

Lawyer killed in Negros Oriental ambush

Jul 24, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Lawyer Anthony Trinidad, who was shot dead while on his way from a court hearing, is reportedly on the hit list of an anti-communist group

BULLET HOLES. Lawyer Anthony Trinidad is killed by riding-in-tandem gunman in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental. Photo courtesy of Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office

Village chief tagged in cops' ambush in Negros Oriental dies

Jul 23, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) Police say Barangay Mabato Chief Sunny Caldera died a day after he supposedly drank pesticide

DEAD. Barangay Mabato Chief Sunny Caldera in an interview with local media a day after the ambush of the 4 policemen in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental. Contributed Photo